My Grandfather's Yiddish Sayings

Here are some great Yiddish saying that both of my grandfathers used to tell me, and others ones I've collected, too! Do you know any others? E-mail me at ([email protected]) and let me know!!! What did your grandparents used to tell you???

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In the original Yiddish!

When a lion is sleeping, let him sleep (Az a leyb shloft, loz im shlofn.)

No one possesses all the virtues (Ale mayles in eynem, iz mito bay keynem.)

All brides are beautiful--all the dead are pious (Ale kales zenen sheyn--ale meysim zenen frum)

A saintly man who knows he is a saintly man is not a saintly man (A tsadik vos veyst az er iz a tsadik is keyn tsadik nit.)

A bad peace is better than a good war (A shlekhter sholem iz beser vi a guter krig)

Many songs, but few dumplings (A sakh zmires, un veynik kneydlekh.)

A fool grows without rain (A nar vakhst on regn)

Sometimes even a fool can say a smart word (A nar ken a mol zoygn a klug vort)

A fool remains a fool (A nar blaybt a nar)

May a strange death befall you! (A mise meshune oyf dir!)

A homely girl hates the mirror (A meeseh moyd hot faynt dem shpigl)

A story without a moral is like a meal without a sweet-favored side dish (A mayse on a moshl iz vi a moltsayt on a tsimes)

A sick man you ask, a well man you give (A kranken fregtman, a gezunten gitman)

The cholera on you! (A kholyere oyf dir!)

A meowing cat can't catching mice. (A katz vos m'yavket ken kain meiz nit chapen)

A crowd of people, and not one real person among them (A groyse oylem, un nito eyn mentsch)

A strange fool is laughable, but your own fool is shameful. (A fremder nar iz a gelekhter, an eygener a shande.)

A rich man has no need of character

Do not worry about tomorrow, because you do not even know what may happen to you today.

We are all schlemiels.



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Read some more:
My Favorites | New additions
Alphabetical order | Original Yiddish

Read some more:
· My Favorites
· New additions
· Alphabetical order
· Original Yiddish


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